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    Third Grade Schedule 2019-2020

        8:25  School Begins

         8:40-9:10   Specials (PE, Music, Library)

         9:10-10:00   Writing

         10:00-10:15  Recess

         10:15-11:15  Math

         11:15-12:00 Lunch and Recess

         12:00-12:30 WIN Time

         12:30-2:00  ELA  

         2:00-2:15 Recess

         2:15-3:00 Rotations

    • Science, Social Studies, CATCH (M, T, W)
    • Scholastic News/Salish Seasons/Journals (F)

     

     

    Curriculum Corner 

    • Math Expressions Common Core
      • We do a math lesson for our unit EVERDAY! Your child will also be bringing homework home nightly (purple page).
      • We practice example problems in our math activity books daily, so sometimes these will come home too in order to serve as examples to help with homework.
      • If you find your child is struggling, please encourage him/her to bring their activity book home nightly to serve as a reference.
    •  ReadyGEN
      • We will be using the ReadyGEN curriculum this year, as well as other short stories and novels. ReadyGEN compliments the Daily 5 model. We will have whole class lessons, as well as small group lessons, reading to partners, listening to stories that model reading fluency, and word work (vocabulary and D.O.L.). Reading and writing journals will be utilized to help students practice essential reading comprehension and vocabulary and convention skills. 
    • Read at home logs 
      • R.A.H.L. will come home on Mondays and are to be turned in the following Monday. Students should be reading at least 100 minutes per week, which is about 20 minutes per night (during a school week). This will be counted as part of their ELA grade.
    • Social Studies, Science, and CATCH
      • We will be doing in-class reading and discussions of material.
      • Students will also complete comprehension questions and vocabulary aligning with the reading and discussions.

      

    Assessment and Grades

    Assessment in the classroom is an ongoing process, so observations and records of the students’ progress constantly guide my instruction. MCPS report cards are linked to the National Standards for student achievement and provide both letter grades and proficiency reporting. While almost every assignment will receive teacher review, they will not all be recorded in the on-line grading program, Q. Report card grades will reflect your child’s growth and progress in each content area, and will correlate closely with proficiency standards. This is not always the same as a traditional grade point average, but will provide all of us with accurate information at each grading point.

    A very popular alternative to an overall letter grade is a scale that uses descriptors: advanced, proficient, basic (nearing proficient), and below basic (novice). Our third grade team will be using numbers for each descriptor to assess our students. In addition, we will also have students self-assess on how they feel they are doing with meeting a particular learning target goal within a standard or content area. Below, I will explain each descriptor.

    • Advanced: 4
      • Students go beyond what was presented in class. They provide detailed explanations using examples and diagrams/drawings from their text/lesson. These students have presented me with a more complex learning target goal.
    • Proficient: 3
      • Students exhibit no errors relative to the simple and complex ideas, details, and processes of understanding the content/lesson. Thus, they have met the learning target goal(s).
    • Nearing Proficient: 2
      • Students require simplification of their learning target goals. They experience partial success, but there are some major errors or omissions of content/lesson understanding.
      • Students need assistance to complete work to meet the learning target goals.
    • Novice: 1
      • Students, even with help, are only exhibiting partial success, or in some cases, no success.